This Valentine’s Day, skip the usual box of chocolates and go for one of these cooler gift options instead.
For The Insta-obsessed Girlfriend: Instaworthy Scented Candle
Available at Hush Candle. | Price: From $18.
Want to score some brownie points with your girlfriend? Get her a scented candle so she can turn her room into a spa and level up her #flatlay game. If you’re not too keen on spending a bomb at Jo Malone or Diptyque (you know it), try Hush Candle instead. The local brand specialises in hand-poured soy candles, which are made with therapeutic grade essential oils. Soy wax is also supposedly cleaner and more long-lasting than traditional paraffin wax. The best part? These candles are affordable and prettily packaged too. Now how’s that for an easy-breezy Valentine’s Day gift?
(Source: Hush Candle Facebook)
For The Boyfriend Who Loves Netflixing: Lazy Sofa
Instead of buying #bae cufflinks or a tie that he will probably never use, get him a lazy sofa instead – so he can Netflix and actually chill (we’re talking PG-13 chill here yo, don’t get any ideas). A lazy sofa makes a comfortable alternative to the couch, especially since the recline angle can be adjusted to suit your needs. Throw in a six pack of his favourite beer and voilà, Best Girlfriend of the Year award goes to you.
You can find several lazy sofa options on Qoo10 or Taobao, but just note that the latter may take a bit longer to deliver due to Chinese New Year closures in China. If you can’t wait, check out Qoo10 for local sellers, but there might be a slight markup on the item.
(Source: Captain Stockist/Qoo10)
For The Wifey Who Loves Her #OOTDs: Designer Clothing Subscription Box
Subscription available at StyleTheory. | Price: $129 per month.
Are you a devoted Instahusband or Instaboyfriend? Here’s something that just might impress your #OOTD-loving partner. Introducing StyleTheory, a cool subscription service that rents designer clothes in Singapore – so you can try out trends without spending too much and/or accumulating a bursting wardrobe of hardly-worn clothes.
All you have to do is sign up for a monthly subscription (which costs less than one designer dress btw), and you can pick 3 items from their wide selection of designer labels. StyleTheory will then send you the clothes and you can wear them for as long as you like. Once you’re done, return them and you can pick another 3 new items to try out. The fuss-free service handles the dry-cleaning of the clothes too, so you hardly have to lift a finger to get some fabulous new clothes.
(Source: StyleTheory Facebook)
For The Husband Who Needs To Lose Weight: Curry Puff Cushion
Available at Naiise. | Price: $29.90 | Shipping takes an estimated 1-3 working days.
Hey, if the husband can’t have his Old Chang Kee curry puffs then you can always get him the next best thing – a curry puff-shaped cushion, so he can sleep his cravings away. The Curry Puff Cushion was made by the founders with the goal to help alleviate back pain. When used in combination with a specialty mattress, like the Nectar.
Not a fan of curry puffs (gasp, but why)? Naiise stocks other quirky pillows too, like this Fishball Cushion, Love Letter Bolster and Pineapple Tart Cushion. Now the hubs can feast (his eyes) on his favourite snacks, without worrying about his expanding waistline.
For The Single Friend Who Is Jaded About Love: Shirtless Ryan Gosling Mug
Available on Etsy. | Price: $18.50 | Order takes an estimated 3-5 working days to prepare.
Who says Valentine’s Day is only for couples? Send a single friend some lovin’ with this Shirtless Ryan Gosling Mug, so she can ogle over him while savouring her daily cuppa. Hello lovely rock hard abs, hello.